The United States should stop using farmers to pay for their dyed clothes because it’s costing farmers millions of dollars a year, according to a new report.
The National Cotton Council said Thursday that it’s spending $25 million a year to purchase dyed cloth for apparel manufacturers, including for the United States.
Cotton producers spend about $2 billion a year on dyeing, and the U.s. has about $50 billion in excess cash, the council said.
paid farmers $3.2 billion for dyed cotton in 2015, according the council.
But cotton farmers can also use the dye as a cost-saving measure, it said.
The council is asking Congress to repeal a provision in the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 2002 that lets the government pay farmers to dye their cotton.
That provision, which expires in 2018, allows the USDA to use taxpayer dollars to pay a farmer for the dyeing.
The Cotton Council estimates that it spends about $25.5 million a month buying dye from U. s. farmers, which could be used for dyeing clothing.
The council said it could use that money to pay cotton farmers, who use dye to dye cloth and other clothing.
The Cotton Council’s latest report says the dye could save the Us.
$10.8 billion annually by 2020.
In 2015, the U paid $10 billion for the use of dye for clothing, the group said.